The Development Services Department comprehensively maintains building permits, plans, maps, technical reports and other related data for land development projects within the City of San Diego and makes them available to the public upon request.
How to Obtain Records and Files
Not all types of property records may be available, as record procedures and legal requirements have changed over the years. Customers can request or search for copies of prior permit records, plans, land use and mapping information in the following ways:
Conduct your own research for permits and applications from 2003 to present for any City of San Diego address.
To review archived building plans or records, schedule a Records Review appointment. Learn how to request duplicates of architectural building plans.
Alternate Approval of Methods, Materials and Code Modifications
The City of San Diego processes requests for deviations to California Building Standards Codes with alternate materials, design or construction methods or code modifications. It also keeps a record of all applications processed from 1963 to date. Records include the case/project number, address, key name, key subject and the result for each application. To view copies of the project file for a specific deviation, make a request to view the records in person (see section above).
To check your status or construction changes, select your application below.
- Fire - Alarms, Kitchen Hoods, Suppression Systems, Underground Fire Services
- News Rack
- Plan (required) Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
- Residential Rooftop-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
- Simple (No-plan) Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
- Traffic Control